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Kansas Bans Using Food Stamp Money for Fortunetellers, Other Entertainment

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed a law reforming the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, restricting the use of cash assistance funds on goods and services such as adult entertainment, fortunetellers, lottery tickets, massage parlors, nail salons, and tattoos. The new law, sponsored by state Sen. Michael O’Donnell (R-Wichita), takes effect on July 1 and makes into law existing administrative policies set by Brownback’s administration. From Welfare to Work O’Donnell says...

Philadelphia City Council Considers Taxing Airbnb

Spurred by Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the city, the Philadelphia City Council is considering expanding the city’s hotel tax to include “peer-to-peer economy” sharing services such as Airbnb, even though the city currently prohibits short-term rentals in residential districts. A Taxing Question Allegheny Institute Senior Policy Analyst Eric Montarti says the city lacks the legal authority to expand the hotel tax to include Airbnb. “State law enables cities to tax things, whether it’s...

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